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walk

1 verb
     
walk1 S1 W1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to move forward by putting one foot in front of the other:
'How did you get here?' 'We walked.'
Doctors said he'd never walk again.
walk into/down/up etc
Carrie walked into the room and sat down in her chair.
He loved walking in the hills.
walk a mile/200 metres/a short distance etc
We must have walked ten miles today.
I walked all the way to San Rafael.
within (easy) walking distance (of something) (=near enough to be able to walk to)
There are plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
walking pace (=the speed that you normally walk at)
2 [transitive] to walk somewhere with someone, especially in order to make sure that they are safe or to be polite:
It's late - I'll walk you home.
walk somebody to something
Schools are urging parents to walk their children to school.
She walked me to the front gate.
3 [transitive] to take a dog for a walk for exercise:
Grandma's out walking the dog.
4 [intransitive] British English informal if something has walked, it has disappeared and you think someone may have taken it:
My pen seems to have walked.
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walk free

also walk American EnglishSCL to leave a court of law without being punished or sent to prison:
Ferguson walked free after the charges were dropped.
If more evidence isn't found, Harris will walk.
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walk it

British English spoken
a) to make a journey by walking:
If the last bus has gone, we'll have to walk it.
b) to succeed or win something easily
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be walking on air

to be feeling extremely happy
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walk the streets

a) to walk around the streets in a town or city:
It was not safe to walk the streets at night.
b) old-fashioned to be a prostitute
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walk the beat

when a police officer walks the beat, they walk around an area of a town or city in order to make sure nobody is committing a crime
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walk tall

to be proud and confident because you know that you have not done anything wrong
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walk somebody off their feet

British English

; walk somebody's legs off

American English informal to make someone tired by making them walk too far
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walk the walk

to do the things that people expect or think are necessary in a particular situation:
People are motivated by leaders who actually walk the walk.

➔ talk the talk

at talk1 (18)
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walk the plank

TTW to be forced to walk along a board laid over the side of the ship until you fall off into the sea, used as a punishment in the past
WORD FOCUS: walk WORD FOCUS: walk
stroll in a relaxed way for pleasure
wander
with no aim or direction
stride
in a confident or angry way
march
soldiers
hike
for long distances in the countryside or the mountains
tiptoe
very quietly
wade
through water
stagger
in an unsteady way because you are drunk or injured
limp
with difficulty because one leg is painful or injured
walk

➔ on foot

at foot1 (4), footstep

walk away

phrasal verb
1 to leave a bad or difficult situation, instead of trying to make it better
walk away from
You can't just walk away from 15 years of marriage!
When the business started to have problems, it was very tempting to walk away.
2 to come out of an accident or very bad situation without being harmed:
Miraculously, both drivers walked away without a scratch.

walk away with something

phrasal verb
to win something easily:
And the lucky winner will walk away with a prize of £10,000.

walk in on somebody

phrasal verb
to go into a room and accidentally interrupt someone who is doing something private that they would not want you to see

walk into something

phrasal verb
1 to hit an object accidentally as you are walking along
walk straight/right/bang etc into something
Zeke wasn't looking and walked straight into a tree.
2 if you walk into an unpleasant situation, you become involved in it without intending to:
He was fairly certain now that he was walking into a trap, and wished he'd come armed.
walk straight/right into something
I walked right into a mob of maybe 50 young white guys.
3 British English if you walk into a job, you get it very easily:
You can't expect to walk straight into a job.
4 to make yourself look stupid when you could easily have avoided it if you had been more careful
walk straight/right into something
You walked right into that one!

walk off

phrasal verb
1 to leave someone by walking away from them, especially in a rude or angry way:
Don't just walk off when I'm trying to talk to you!
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walk something ↔ off

if you walk off an illness or unpleasant feeling, you go for a walk to make it go away:
Let's go out - maybe I can walk this headache off.
walk off dinner/a meal etc (=go for a walk so that your stomach feels less full)
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walk off (the/your etc job)

American English to stop working as a protest:
Without new contracts, mine workers will walk off their jobs Thursday.

walk off with something

phrasal verb
1 to win something easily:
Lottery winners can walk off with a cool £18 million.
2 to steal something or take something that does not belong to you:
Thieves walked off with two million dollars' worth of jewellery.

walk out

phrasal verb
1 to leave a place suddenly, especially because you disapprove of something:
The play was awful and we walked out after half an hour.
walk out of
the issue that led to the US walking out of the trade talks this week
2 to leave your husband, wife etc suddenly and go and live somewhere else:
Her husband walked out, leaving her with three children to look after.
walk out on
Five years later she walked out on Matthew and their two boys.
3 to leave your job suddenly because you no longer want to do it:
We're so short-staffed. I can't just walk out.
walk out of
If you can afford to walk out of your job, why not?
4 to stop working as a protest:
Workers are threatening to walk out if an agreement is not reached.

walk out on something

phrasal verb
to stop doing something you have agreed to do or that you are responsible for:
'I never walk out on a deal,' Dee said.

walk over somebody

phrasal verb
to treat someone badly by always making them do what you want them to do:
It's terrible - she lets her kids just walk all over her.

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